A cat is the perfect pet for many people – independent enough to not require huge amounts of attention throughout the day but loving enough to enjoy their companionship. For this reason, many people who want a pet but also work full time opt for adopting a cat or kitten.
Nevertheless, it will take some time to get your feline furbaby settled into your home and if you have a kitten, she will need training to ensure that she understands what behaviors are acceptable as she grows. To help you and your newest addition adjust, here is our guide to how to raise a cat while working full time.
Kittens and cats tend to do their business in a litter tray, which you need to locate somewhere central inside your home. This has a distinct benefit in that there is no need to come home to let your cat outside to do her business – she can empty her bowels and bladder when she needs to as the litter tray will be part of her domain. However, you will certainly want to make litter box training your kitty a priority to help keep your home environment clean and harmonious for everyone concerned!
Make sure she has enough to eat and drink
How would you feel if you spent hours feeling hungry and there wasn’t anything you could no matter how hard you looked? Ensuring that your feline has plenty to eat and access to lots of fresh water during the day is essential for her to remain healthy and happy.
Ensuring your cat gets enough mental stimulation
One of the biggest benefits of raising a cat over a canine is that cats tend to be far more independent, making them generally better at keeping themselves entertained while you are at work. Nevertheless, you can expect demands for love and attention when you get home, at least until your furbaby is used to your routine. This time is also a perfect opportunity to strengthen your bond to one another by playing games or enjoying a cuddle on the couch together.
While you are at work, make sure that your cat has some toys that she enjoys playing with, and a scratching post or tree to get her claws into. Scratching is an important instinct for felines, and unless you want your furniture completely destroyed, a post or tree is vital to help her stretch and sharpen her claws. You could also leave carboard boxes around as felines love to explore and play in them.
Carrier train your kitty
If you think that your cat might be fairly destructive, you may wish to protect your property by training your cat to stay in her carrier during the day. If you choose a big enough carrier or a crate and place some toys and blankets inside, she should have enough space to roam around a little and keep herself entertained. However, you will have to come home or arrange for someone to pop in and let her use her litter tray.
Install a cat flap
Once you are happy to let your feline roam outside, you should install a cat flap somewhere in your property so that your cat can come and go as she pleases.
Consider getting your cat a playmate
Some experts recommend that instead of just getting one cat, you should consider getting two – preferably littermates as they will already have a sibling bond. This way the cats will be company for one another during the day. Unfortunately, this also means more expense and more clearing up to do, so think carefully before you choose this option!
If you would like further advice on raising a cat while working full time, our veterinary team are happy to share their knowledge and experience. Please don’t hesitate to contact and get in touch at our clinic in Atlanta, Georgia.